Ritzy Halloween Spiders

It's October 31st, with another Halloween upon us, and spooky treats are abounding galore.  From ghost inspired donuts to creepy spider crackers, you can be sure to find a ghoulish sweet treat to suit everyone.  Holiday baking is a great way to showcase your creativity, and I have seen so many creative Halloween dishes from my fellow bloggers.  Joining in the fun, I made these creepy crawly spiders.

In the spirit of the holiday, I took my son to his first Halloween party last night, and brought the creepy spiders along. They turned out to be a success, so much so that my son decided they were too special to eat and befriended them, calling them his "fuzzy buddies".  This new friendship was followed by a solemn oath, extracted by him from me, that I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, eat them.  How quickly he turned on his new buddies however, when the growl of a tiny tummy got the better of him, and ended with each spider loosing a few legs, and a big chomp taking out one poor fellow's head.  These little Halloween snacks are easy to make with just a few ingredients, and probably ones you already have in your cabinet.

Ritzy Halloween Spiders
(makes 15 spiders)

30 Ritz crackers
1 cup chocolate chips or candy coating chocolate (like Candiquik)
1 tsp shortening (I used non-hydrogenated coconut oil shortening)
45 pretzel sticks
1 cup peanut butter
30 mini Reece's Pieces

Place chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwavable bowl.  Omit the shortening if using candy coating chocolate.  Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Dip one side of 15 of the crackers in the chocolate.  Place the cracker, chocolate side up, on wax paper to dry.  Break the pretzel sticks in half, and dip the unbroken end of each one in the chocolate.  Place on wax paper to dry.  Take the 30 mini Reece's Pieces, and using a toothpick place a dot of melted chocolate in the center to make the eyes.  Allow to dry.  If desired, you can put your dipped item in the freezer to dry more quickly.

When the dipped crackers and pretzels are dry, take one of the 15 remaining undipped crackers, and spread with a generous amount of peanut butter.  Take 6 of the dipped pretzel sticks, and place 3 on each side of the cracker, to make the legs.  Take one of the dipped crackers, and smear a little more peanut butter on the undipped side, place peanut butter side down on the other cracker to make the spider.  Take two of the mini Reece's Pieces eyes, and put a small dot of melted chocolate on the back. Now place the eyes on the chocolate cracker to complete the spider.  You may need to adjust the pretzel legs to look right.  Return the completed pretzel spiders to the refrigerator or freezer to set.

When ready to eat, remove from refrigerator, serve and enjoy!


(adapted from candiquik.com)


Anonymous said...

so cute!! love the recipe - super creative! :)

alison said...

very beautiful!

Karen said...

These are adorable! I love cute treats like this that don't involve using my baking skills. Can't go wrong with pb, chocolate and pretzels!

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Those are too cute! My kids would have loved them too! I'm making note of them for next year, even though they would make for a great snack all year long :o)

sara @ CaffeIna said...

Your story was way too cute! And these spiders too! I will have to bookmark them too for next year! Thanks for sharing!

Belinda @zomppa said...

These are so adorable! So delicious and easy.

scrambledhenfruit said...

These are so cute- great for a kid party!

Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

what a perfect salty and sweet halloween snack!

Anonymous said...

These are too cute! Even though Halloween is nearly over, I'm pretty sure I have all the ingredients and will still want to make them tomorrow :)

Monet said...

I would have had a hard time not eating these fuzzy buddies too! These would be so much fun to make...and to eat! Thank you for sharing. I'm saving these for next year. I'm glad your little guy had a great time at his first Halloween party.

DoughGirl said...

These are so cute! I've made these before but I dipped the whole ritz peanut butter sandwich in chocolate candy coating and applied the legs while still wet. They came out so adorable!

Eileen said...

How adorable. Almost too cute to eat!

briarrose said...

Those are so adorable. Love it.

Gree said...

So cute and so kid friendly, and I like that they aren't too full of sugar, kids get enough of that from the candy!

Unknown said...

Adorable!! Found them on Pinterest and wanted to let you know I featured them on my blog today. Stop by and grab a button if you like! :)


Sassy Sites! said...

Your halloween treat was featured today over at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out! XOXO!


Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik said...

thanks for linking back to candiquik.com :) Glad I found your blog (on pinterest)!
-Sarah at Miss CandiQuik

Mary Prather said...

These are adorable! My 11 year old just made them as a Halloween treat for tonight. Thank you!

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